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Oct 5, 2019 - The Abbey of Gethsemani - Bardstown Kentucky

I've always been attracted to sacred spaces - chapels, cathedrals, mosques, synagogues, monasteries - with their histories and the feeling that in the building mankind has striven toward something greater than the mundane. The Abbey of Gethsemani is located in a rural part of central Kentucky. It is as out-of-place as sugar in cornbread. The drive up from Nashville is pleasant. The sequence of 90+ degree days is finally breaking. 80 degrees feels absolutely chilly. There are only hints of fall. After weeks of drought the leaves are dry but...

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Sep 14, 2016 - My Old Kentucky Home

We headed northwest to Bardstown on the recommendation of a fellow camper. On route, we passed through the capitol, as well as some quintessential Appalachian countryside. We stopped off at Abe Lincoln's birthplace and MOKH State Park for a quick tour. Then on to set up camp on the lake. Wow! It was gorgeous! Bardstown was a loony bin because the annual bourbon festival was starting the next day. (Lots of distilleries in the area.) Since that's not our "thing" we did a quick loop of the town on Thursday, then headed south.

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May 12, 2015 - Bardstown, Kentucky "Most Beautiful Small Town"

Marian found this quaint little town. USA Today, and Rand McNally had called it the "Most Beautiful Small Town in America". Well ya got to go see what all the whoopla is about!! It is a really pretty town, with a lot of history. We went to "My Old Kentucky Home" State Park. Senator John Rowan, built the mansion on a plantation there and received many politicians, and visiting dignitaries. It is said that Stephan Foster, Rowan's cousin, after visiting there was inspired to write "My Old Kentucky Home". Stephan Foster was known as the father...

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Jul 21, 2014 - Bourbon & Bluegrass

Our trip takes us into Kentucky and starts out at My Old Kentucky Home State Park, located in the heart of Bardstown KY - the Birthplace of Bourbon....and home to the historic Kentucky Bourbon Trail. With Jim Beam being a household name for so many years of my life (until I learned about Jack Daniels - but that's an entirely different tour), a tour of the Jim Beam distillery seemed appropriate. We were not disappointed when we were assigned a tour guide who also happened to be a member of the Beam/Noe family, and she proved to be extremely...

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May 30, 2014 - Jim Beam Distillery and Bardstown, KY

Today was a busy day! We drove to Clermont, KY to check out the Jim Beam Distillery and paid $10.00 each for the tour. They made their 13 millionth barrel of Jim Beam Bourbon in April of this year. The family started the distillery in 1795, and made bourbon up until prohibition. It started up again at this location when Prohibition was repealed. We actually got to sample some of their selections. Not much of a sample - a total of 1/2 ounce - administered in 1/4 ounce squirts. I tried the new Jim Beam Fire which was new product they started...

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Apr 30, 2014 - The Bourbon Trail in Kentucky

We traveled from Missouri across southern Illinois and Indiana to our next RV park in Clarksville, Indiana. Add More Campground is located across the river from Louisville, KY and is only about twelve miles from Churchill Downs. The park is not a resort, and has quite a few seasonal RVers, but the staff is very friendly and the spots are fine for our purposes. We will be going out almost every day anyway. The workamper who checked us in is from Grapevine, TX so we immediately became friends! The laundry room is excellent, pricing fair, and...

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Oct 8, 2013 - Day 8. To Bardstown, Kentucky Via Rosine.

The Bluegrass Museum was a worthwhile visit and we were told about a Bluegrass band that would be playing that evening on the waterfront. We were also told that Bardstown was one of the most beautify towns in the US and would be a worthwhile stop over on our route, so we decided to give the evening on the waterfront a miss as it also looked like it might rain and head on to Bardstown. By chance, we passed a sign on the road, which directed us to the Birthplace of Bill Monroe. What a find. A quaint house, nestled in the hills outside Rosine,...

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Oct 1, 2013 - Bardstown, KY

Tue, 01 Oct: Road day... Time to leave our snug FMCA campsite and head out. We've thoroughly enjoyed the six days we've been here and not quite ready to roll. But, on the other hand, our house has those round rubber thingies on the bottom so heading out is in order. We weren't in any particular hurry so we took our time dumping the holding tanks and going thru our checklists. We got Dinkum hooked up and finally got underwa6 about half past nine. We took local roads to Interstate 275 and headed south toward Kentucky. South of the metro area...

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2013 Travels

Sep 20, 2013 - It's Bourbon AND Bus!!!!

9/20/2013. Friday. It's Bourbon AND Bus!!!! The Subourbonites are off to see the cooper and have a barrel of fun in good Ol' Louisville. Kenny wanted to procure a used whiskey barrel from Maker's Mark but they didn't sell at the distillery. All their used barrels are sold to Kelvin's Cooperage in Louisville, so we got an early start so Kenny could stop by and pick up his barrel. As we pulled into their lot, we were confronted by a wall of used whiskey barrels. When I say a wall, I mean at least 200 feet long and 20 feet high and who knows...

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Sep 19, 2013 - You Want Me To Stick My Finger In That!

9/19/2013. Thursday. You Want Me To Stick My Finger In That! This is the day Kenny has been anxiously awaiting-touring the Maker's Mark bourbon distillery in Lorreto, Ky. We drove north on I65 and connected with the Blue Grass Parkway and headed east to Bardstown, Ky. Bardstown is neat little town with lots of charm but more about that later. The Heavenly Hills distillery, the distiller of Evan Williams bourbon, is in Bardstown but their tours were already filled up so we continued on for another 40 minutes to the Maker's Mark distillery....

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Sep 8, 2012 - Angela performing with her band

JC had an opportunity to visit with his daughter, Angela. One of her hobbies is sining in a band. She was performing in Bardstown, KY. I am so sorry I missed it, but there will be other opportunities. JC had a great time giving Angela her first motorcycle ride. They visited the quaint Bardstown. I am so glad they had such a great time together

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Sep 3, 2012 - Home to Bardstown, Kentucky

We got away from home about 7am and headed over the Allegheny Mountains with overcast skies We noticed that the trees at the higher elevations were starting to show color! We stopped for a coffee break in Elkins, then continued west towards I-79. As we traveled south on I-79, we couldn't help but compare the drive to going south on I-81...this is soooooooo much nicer! The scenery is at a higher elevation AND there are fewer 18 wheeler tractor trailers. We were in and out of sun, but the air was VERY clear regardless. Once we got to...

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